Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Devonwho 'Reds/Blues' Stream Perfect Strangers

    Devonwho Floats on Trill and Trippy 'reds/blues'

    San Francisco producer Devonwho caught a little shine last year with a pair of mixtapes that emphasized his ear for futuristic soundscapes owing equally to the boogie-funk pantheon. Our friends at XLR8R kept an eye on the man's Perfect Strangers sets — which followed work on the All City imprint associated with Los Angeles' beat scene — and now those collections are receiving a proper release.The new 13-track Perfect Strangers will compile the best of volumes one and two, plus unreleased material, and is coming to cassette and digital download August 13 courtesy of Portland's buzzing Dropping Gems label (the very same responsible for launching R&Bist Natasha Kmeto). Below you can hear "reds/blues," a track that contains an aural duality as well. We begin with trapped hi-hats and kicks accompanied by spaced-out sequences.

  • Lil Silva 'No Doubt' Video Rosie Lowe Distance

    Lil Silva Builds Glistening Minimal Soul-House in 'No Doubt' Video

    The forward march of soulful body music continues with a new entry from Bedford, England's Lil Silva. The rising producer weds Chicago-style minimal house to English dubstep atmosphere, burbling modern techno, and easy-on-the-ears R&B — the latter courtesy of a guest appearance by singer Rosie Lowe on the new song "No Doubt." The accompanying Ferry Gouw-directed video features a stoic-looking Silva amidst warm colors and strange mechanical devices, the ghost in the machine. He'll release his new Distance EP, which also features a cameo from Drake pal Sampha, on August 5 via Good Years.

  • Jonwayne Cassette 3 Marion Morrison Stream Captain Murphy

    Jonwayne Reclaims His Family Name on 'Marion Morrison' Mixtape

    Los Angeles rapper-producer Jonwayne has returned with Cassette 3: The Marion Morrison Mixtape, a free showcase for the man's considerable skills which also includes cameos from Captain Murphy (a.k.a. Flying Lotus) and fresh Warp Records signee Jeremiah Jae. The 11-track set finds the Stones Throw artist going in over rearranged beats by Don Cannon, DJ Premier, Madlib, and J Dilla (we already heard "Notes to Myself") not to mention Jonwayne's original works.Awesomely, the release continues the art direction theme (via Jeff Jank) that got the label hit with a cease and desist back in March. While the first entry in the Cassette series — each of which is indeed being sold as a limited-edition tape — was made to resemble a pack of Marlboro cigarettes, and Cassette 2 ripped off the Coca-Cola insignia, this latest offering borrows its look from the vintage iPod.

  • Psychic Teens

    Psychic Teens Stream 'H#TE' With a Side of Filthy Post-Punk

    Philly post-punk outfit Psychic Teens churn out black, bilious rock that owes as much to the gloomy atmospheres of Joy Division as to the gothic clang of Christian Death. The trio who, despite the handle, bill themselves as "regular adults" are prepping their second album Come for an August 13, um, release on SRA Records. In honor of the occasion, Joe, Dave, and Larry have shared the particularly thick "H#TE," which we kinda-sorta hope is a dis track aimed at Mariah Carey and Miguel for slapping a hashtag on their summer hit "Beautiful." Of course, that's like not the case — this nasty track is about as far away from Top 40 as you can get, but that doesn't mean it can't soundtrack your seasonal recreations (so long as they involve drinking cheap beer, visiting graveyards and, like, spitting a lot).

  • Maxwell's Documentary New Jersey Tribute Bongos

    Maxwell's Documentary Traces New Jersey Rock Club's Rich History

    Iconic Hoboken rock club Maxwell's will tear its last ticket on Wednesday night (July 31) following 35 years of loyal operation in service to punk, grunge, and various strains of alternative rock. Richard Barone of the Bongos shared his fond memories of the influential space with SPIN earlier this week (read "When the Club Was the Star") and Yo La Tengo played a tender two-set farewell show under that hallowed roof. Now, as Brooklyn Vegan points out, the New Jersey Star-Ledger has released a20-minute documentary on Maxwell's dubbed A Darkened Stage: The Last Days of Maxwell's. Brone appears in the film alongside owners Todd Abramson and Steve Fallon, not to mention members of the Feelies, Titus Andronicus, Screaming Females, and more. Watch that above, and revisit Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" for more shots of the club in action.

  • Chief Keef 'I Ain't Done Turnin' Up' Video

    Chief Keef Video Insists 'I Ain't Done Turnin' Up' Despite Whole World's Advice

    Last week Chief Keef shared two new songs, "Go to Jail" and "I Ain't Done Turnin' Up." While the former had nothing to do with the 17-year-old Chicagoan's many trips to the clink, the latter is no doubt meant as a message to those who might assume that the embattled MC is going to take things a bit more slowly in light of recent events. Because the thing is, when you wind up getting served, charged, and arrested for three different things in one day, well, you're done turning up.Then again, Keef certainly seems plenty turnt in the video for "I Ain't Done." While mumble-chanting about drugs, sex, and money in a deeply Auto-Tuned and rarely rhyming stream-of-consciousness mouth leak, he shows off a sizable stack of bills, does some no-handed quad wheeling, smokes what appears to be a blunt, and generally huffs and puffs like he's on fire.

  • DMX Bankrupt Child Support Money Passport Tour

    DMX Declares Bankruptcy Days After Nodding Off in Cop Car

    The beauty of the American Dream is that it encourages any old citizen to "settle down, open up shop." The ugly, of course, is there's no guarantee that if you build it, they will come — or, roll, as it were. Wall Street Journal reports that former Ruff Ryder head DMX has filed for bankruptcy, listing less than $50,000 in assets and citing $1 to $10 million in debt, which is quite the spread but perhaps revealing of just how much control this former rap star has lost in regard to his finances.DMX rep Domenick Nati issued the following statement to Exclaim!: "DMX's financial strains have been inhibiting his career for several years. Poor financial management by prior representation have caused him to be ineligible to retain a passport. The purpose of this bankruptcy filing is for reorganization so he can perform for his fans oversees.

  • TV on the Radio 'Mercy' Stream Federal Prism

    TV on the Radio Bring New Wave Fury on Unmerciful 'Mercy'

    TV on the Radio fans have had reason to be cautiously optimistic this year. After an understandable hiatus following the tragic passing of bassist Gerard Smith, the Brooklyn-based art-rock animals have been stirring once again. Producer Dave Sitek fired up his new label Federal Prism with a release from Kelis and much more promised. Singer Tunde Adebimpe revealed that the band has more-or-less fired Interscope. They played New York's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival and curated an entire weekend of All Tomorrow's Parties. And while at that overseas event, TVOTR played a brand new song called "Mercy."Thanks to Huffington Post, we can now hear the studio version of the upbeat New Wave-inflected track, which finds Adebimpe taking the lead over grinding guitars and blaring synths.

  • Nile Rodgers Prostate Cancer Clear Survived Chic

    Nile Rodgers Beat Cancer!

    Nile Rodgers has beat cancer. According to the BBC, the Chic founder and "Get Lucky" guitarist had been battling prostate cancer since October 2010. After visiting a London doctor on Monday (July 29), Rodgers, 60, announced the news on Twitter:WOAH, I just got home from the Dr. He gave me video of him going down inside my body. It's a little too weird to post but maybe some stills— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) July 29, 2013Instead of showing gross internal video I'll show my doctor's fly examination room. I'M ALL CLEAR AGAIN! http://t.co/cw0WzW1l9A— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) July 29, 2013Rodgers kept a blog about his experience with cancer called "Walking on Planet C." In his initial post, he wrote, "In an instant, everything in my happy-music universe imploded. It was like Jaws was savagely eating me from the inside out. My biopsy showed that I had to make some important decisions...

  • Redder 'Border/lines' Stream EP Helsinki

    Hear Redder Unravel Minimal Beauty on 'Border/lines'

    Helsinki duo Redder are cut from the same cloth as contemporaries James Blake, Majical Cloudz, and the xx. All are artists who blend the electronic and the organic with an ear for negative space and an understanding of just how powerful it can sound once trapped. Frans Saraste and Vesa Hoikka are newcomers, but their gentle touch is already quite refined, as can be heard on the titular track from their Auguast 19 EP Border/lines. As the song begins, we immediately sense the depth of the room as organic sounds — keys and creaks and voice — get caught up in a slow, deliberate dance. "Oh take two steps back to the border, run to your corner," coos Saraste, but "Border/lines" is much more welcoming than that, growing in scope as it draws the listener in. By the end, we reach a place that's actually quite maximal, and the shift is glorious.Redder Border/lines EP track list:1.

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